Monday, November 5, 2012

Just a little Mischief....

do NOT let your dog ride in your car this way
Sweet Lemon Drop digital options trading came with me to Busch Pet Products on Saturday. I had her on my lap but this is how she rode most of the way - bad dog and mom.

Lemon did turn on the charm and mischief at the store with a very young boy (she was gentle but did put her front paws on him; he had a dog and wasn't scared) as well as several others. No adopters though.

Excuse me - I had to facilitate Walter's getting his spot on the couch...talk about mischief; he was bawling and that was all he wanted...:). 

Sunday afternoon, Peanut, tail wagging and moving like a young dog, among others went walking with three new volunteers; two were here last week and a young sister came along, too; she was instantly loved by all the small and medium dogs as she held and petted each one. Danny Quinn, my blue eyed Dachshund, went for a walk - well, a partial walk - he keeled over half way through and "had" to be carried back; little mischief maker.

I took this photo early last week before Seymour's injury. He didn't fall nor was he stepped on as far as I know; I saw his walking change and knew something wasn't right but didn't make the leap to IVDD till he really couldn't walk and pulled himself across the front room. Seymour is, I believe, the middle top dog - fuzzy, long hair.
Still hanging in there, eating a lot...will take a while for any change to show up.  I am very grateful to Jen of the Elka Almanac who shared an IVDD blog with me; it has tons of answers and questions for me to ask. As you can see, I rarely need a blanket anymore!

And here is Ava, adoptable Beagle, demonstrating our lovely new "Adopt Me" bandanas from Doggie-Duds, who donated several sizes to us. Ava is learning to like the crate because, ahem, she counter-surfs where I would not expect a small, 13" Beagle to be able to reach! Another mischief maker....uff da. We've had enough mischief this week to last a long time :)!

Ava as model - "Adopt Me"








Sunday, November 4, 2012

Seymour Update


Seymour, upper left, is doing OK - he's pigging out, wants to push his way out of his crate, is out of ICU and catheter removed so they are expressing his bladder.  No return of sensation nor motor but still early. Was told to wait at least 3-5 months before getting a wheelchair for him so he can maximally work on recovery before "giving up" as to that recovery. Thanks for all the support.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Paralyzed

Yesterday morning now (can't believe it's already so late!), Seymour P. H. (phillip hoffman) was paralyzed from his "waist" on back. By the time we saw our vet here in Cape and then got to the Vet School 4 hrs away, he had lost all sensation and motion on both sides and was unable to pee or poop. Diagnosis: IVDD (interverbral disc disease) where the nucleus pulposus (the soft spongy blob between the spinal bones) leaks out and compresses the spinal cord. Both Beagles and Dachshunds are highly prone to this. Seymour has had surgery; his surgeon called me after the MRI (didn't sound good) and again after surgery (much better) - he has no return of anything yet, was/is in a lot of pain so will stay there for several days to two weeks. Will update you more when I can but wanted to get this online for you all asking for prayers. Expensive surgery and treatment but he's one of my boys along with Justus and Danny; he knows my habits better than I - I could not NOT give him a chance.

Seymour P.H., tweenie long hair Dachshund

Monday, October 29, 2012

Prayers Today

Shared by a friend in NJ - Cape May, NJ
We sent Snowy and Sammy to the northeast last week - and now here comes Hurricane Sandy. The photo above is the beginning - I know many of you live in or near the affected areas; our prayers are with you through this week. Be safe, be strong, be prepared.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Black & White Sunday: Lenny

Lenny lost his eye to horrible glaucoma; he is now much loved living with another Beagle

Friday, October 26, 2012

Snoopy's Evening Out

Snoopy Beagle - a former single dog learning to live in a pack

Fluffy Snoopy Beagle girl has been here almost two months. The puppies drive her crazy but she loves, loves to go on walks and errands. 

Tonight was her night. I was headed to my favorite bakery/coffee shop, Panera, for supper; the temperature was very cool so a dog would do well in the car. Justus was AWOL and the Snoopster was at the door so she came with me. 

In the sunshine driving out, she watched the scenery. While I ate and let my back muscles relax in front of the fire (after driving Snowman all that way, I was still tense), she napped. We then went for a very nice walk - Snoopy is a walking, sniffing machine! She napped again while I moseyed around Barnes & Noble, then watched me drive us home. 

Good dog-I hope you enjoyed your special time alone, Snoopy!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Independence - Not All it's Cracked up to Be

Ahhh....what I feared came to pass: Mami was hit by a vehicle. I didn't see nor hear it but found her home outside as I went out to car to pick up Katniss Beagle at vet's (bad cough sec. to heart-worms). Mami let me scoop her up w/o moving much and lay in my lap as I drove (I know, I know, but for her it was most comfortable).

Mami de Gund in my chair
Damages: multiple shallow wounds, some road rash, 3 broken ribs (1, 2, 3 on the right side) but no hemo/pneumothorax (thank you, God). She stayed overnight at vet's to be sure; came home today hungry, moving OK, but is now a house dog out on leash for her business and exercise.

We were blessed this time - don't want to defy this blessing by cont. to let her jump out of yard. I can put up a hot wire and may yet do that to be extra safe as I'm sure I won't always catch her before she jumps up but for now, we don't think she'll be jumping much as her ribs heal.

On a happier note, Snowman will be traveling to his new foster to adopt home this Thursday. We will all miss Snowy as he charmed everyone who met him. He finally mastered "sit." YESH. He's going to New York state in the PETS rig with two other Missouri Great Pyrs. It will be a happy, very early day for all!

Snowy in the colors of fall